Pancake Rocks - Punakaiki - West Coast - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld
West Coast in Picture. Punakaiki and the Pancake Rocks

Day 8.

For the first time in a few days, I pedaled feeling happy. Yet the road does not stop to go up and down. But the weather is fine, the cry of the cicadas cradles my ears, the smells excite my nose and the road is beautiful. The road is really beautiful. This is the most beautiful ride I’ve done so far. I wander along the coast. Cliffs, rainforest and rolling waves.

About fifty kilometers after Greymouth I arrived in Punakaiki. The campsite is right next to the beach. The atmosphere smells good fullness and tranquility. Punakaiki’s main attraction is its particular rock formation on the edge of the sea. For millions of years the sea, wind and rain have curiously sculpted rocks made up of several layers of limestone, forming what the locals Have dubbed Pancake Rocks. Because it reminds them of pancakes stacked on top of each other. They have imagination these Kiwis. I await the sunset which illuminates in red tones the top of the rocks. The moment seems magic. A bit unfortunate that this was spoiled by the other tourists on the premises. Some smoke, some have put music, some Chinese speak to one another … Mass tourism destroys all possibility of immersion.

Pancake Rocks - Punakaiki - West Coast - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld


West Coast in Picture presents the places that most marked or interested me during my journey across the West Coast.

My ride

After Greymouth, I pedal to join Punakaiki my penultimate stop on the West Coast. The place is famous for its Pancake Rocks, a strange rock formation on the edge of the sea.


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